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Aug 20, 2018 at 11:31 AM | Supertroll

It was not the best of times, nor was it the worst of times, but the Home Office needed some Consultants with knowledge of surveying and engineering, who didn't mind being sent to prison.

I did meet a former resident 4 or 5 years ago, but he had been in the new bits that did not exist last century, so he could not confirm evidence of my previous presence, and as a prisoner, I think he was being honest, because he had not even signed the Official Secrets Act in order to be there.

Aug 20, 2018 at 2:11 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

stewgreen 10:11am

and the soap dodgers of Greenpeace arrived at VW HQ by an eco friendly teleportation method I assume?

Aug 20, 2018 at 1:16 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"I think it is accepted that Prisoners can not do work that a non-prisoner could be paid to do, and there are no mailbags left that require sewing. Suggestions?"

Dismantling worn-out or otherwise redundant windfarms?

Aug 20, 2018 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS

I few years ago I visited Lincoln, where you could tour the victorian jail, built on principles outlined by Jeremy Bentham IIRC. There was a pointless treadmill and each prisoner was confined to a kind of cubicle so he could see not see any other prisoner but one guard could see them all. Not new to me, a reminder of my years in IBM.

Aug 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

GolfCharlie. I think you deliberately miss the point I'm making about your screenplay:

"long, long ago my professional qualifications took me to Norwich where I spent "quite a few" days but never a single night!"
But why? Could it be that at night Norwich is too dangerous - was it infested by creatures of the night, vampires?

"I have not been back",
Too scared? Terrifying memories?

"so cannot confirm whether evidence of my work is still present."
What evidence could survive? What in heaven's name were you doing?

"I remain at liberty, but unable to explain why/what I was doing"
Obviously what you did would be criminal. Did you kill with a stake and garlic?

"but it did involve an understanding of how well the Victorians designed and built their prisons".
Did you trap the fiend in a secret passageway?

It all makes perfect sense - but I just can't see where the hockeystick fits - unless you fashioned your stake from one.

Aug 20, 2018 at 11:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

ABC is Australia's public broacaster
It's reef news article seens very very Greenpeace

Bolt's point was that that nobody believed the NEG promise that it would both reduce emissions AND reduce energy prices.

Aug 20, 2018 at 10:59 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Aug 20, 2018 at 9:38 AM | Supertroll

It does impact on Aussie economics a bit. And China's, they still need rather a lot of coal.

Aug 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Mark Hodgson, same story, different spin

"With the growing likelihood of an open party revolt and a leadership challenge, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been forced into a humiliating backdown over his efforts to enshrine Australia’s Paris Agreement pledges into legislation."

Aug 20, 2018 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

For Australia News : I would recommend the Bolt Report facebook page
Surprisingly In the video Bolt says the U-turn means there is no commitment to Paris
MP tells Bolt "The Neg is dead" "National Emissions Guarantee will not be coming back."

Peter Ridd is on his TV show tonight
\\ TONIGHT: Malcolm Turnbull's leadership crisis.
Plus, the ABC starts a three-part series to convince you global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef.
Live at 7pm AEST on Sky News Australia //
The show is on air now and the videos are going up on facebook

Aug 20, 2018 at 10:37 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Aug 20, 2018 at 8:45 AM | Supertroll

Of all the prisons, in all the world, you just happen to live near one, that I know!

The fact that Norwich has connections with Elizabeth Fry and the wealthy Quakers that did so much work to improve the lives and living conditions of so many (and still do) just made it appropriate to mention it, in connection wih a discussion about the intended purpose of a Country's prison and punishment system, combined with morality and religion!

Prison conditions were in the news last week, with a Ministerial "pledge". This morning, failings at HMP Birmingham are in the news. I do not have a Criminal Record, but I do have some insider's knowledge.

Prison conditions and Prisoner Welfare are out of sight, and out of mind for most people, whereas most crime is committed by repeat offenders.

There IS NO MAGIC SOLUTION, but too many decisions are based on short term political decisions (All lPoliticians are GUILTY)

Crime and Crime Rates are a very hot political potato, but what is the point in banging someone up for a month or ten years, if they come out and do it all over again?

Conflict between the Home Secretary, Home Office, Police and Prison Officers, is never good for Prisoners, and remains of little interest to the electorate, until they are the victims and need to blame someone.

I think it is accepted that Prisoners can not do work that a non-prisoner could be paid to do, and there are no mailbags left that require sewing. Suggestions?

Aug 20, 2018 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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